The day has finally arrived to launch Common Woodworking! Over the last year we have been working to create content which will guide and encourage beginners to get into woodworking, regardless of their level of skill. Our tool guides provide the basic knowledge which will enable you to start or continue your woodworking journey.
Some of our members found the projects on our sister site, Woodworking Masterclasses, too advanced so we wanted to ensure we had somewhere which would suit both advanced woodworkers and those just starting out too.
The guides are written by myself and checked by Paul, Joseph and Phil. As a beginner woodworker myself, I can offer the perspective of a complete novice. Where woodworking terminology comes second nature to Paul, I can identify the areas which other beginners may find more difficult.
Working with Paul, we brought woodworking back to basics. Once drafted, Joseph or Phil will check the guides to make sure the information is clear and correct, then it is passed onto Paul for a second check. This thorough checking process often highlights the areas which need more explanation, whether that be through photography or by using a short video.
Over time we will release more easy-to-follow projects which involve tools that a beginner is likely to have (you can view our spoon and spatula courses here). Project suggestions are always welcome and can be posted on our forum thread here.
The courses offer a step-by-step format which allows you to mark through each step, so even if you can’t finish that project straight away, your progress will be saved for next time you log into your account.
To help people who are completely new to the tools, we have created exercises to replicate different uses of the tools and get you familiar with how to use and hold them, this is a great way to practice before you take on a project.
We know that not everyone will have every tool, so in the future we hope to tailor the courses you view to the tools you own, encouraging you to update your ‘toolbox’ and help us make sure we are creating the best suited projects for our members.
Becoming a member on Common Woodworking will give you access to the courses, exercises and forums, you can even sign up to hear first when new content is published to our site. We will have two membership options in the future, similar to Woodworking Masterclasses. One will be a free membership which gives you access to a sample of our projects, and the other will be a paid membership which gives you exclusive access to new courses and exercises.
If you have an account on Woodworking Masterclasses, you will be able to use these log in details to sign into Common Woodworking, and vice versa. To sign up for FREE, create an account here.
I look forward to keeping you up to date with all things beginner woodworking!
Research and Content Creator for Common Woodworking